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Published On: Sun, Mar 23rd, 2014

Chelsea too strong for Arsenal to handle- Mourinho

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says his side were “too strong” for Arsenal following the 6-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese says he sent his players out to press high up the pitch in the early exchanges, and it paid dividends as the Blues went two goals up inside seven minutes through Samuel Eto’o and Andre Schurrle.

“I think we started very, very strongly. We really wanted to try to make Arsenal feel not comfortable in the way they play, we tried to press immediately and recover the ball quickly.

“We managed to do that and at 2-0 after seven minutes the game is over, because we were too strong for them.

“After that comes the penalty and the red card, even worse for them, but I think the game was resolved in 10 minutes.”

The penalty incident saw Kieran Gibbs shown a red card, although it was actually Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who handled Eden Hazard’s shot in the area.

Referee Andre Marriner was roundly criticised for getting the wrong man, but Mourinho says he can sympathise with the official and that, ultimately, the decision to award a penalty and red card was correct.

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